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Report rethinks housing support

WASHINGTON, March 1 (UPI) -- A report from a bipartisan think tank said the U.S government should slowly back out of supporting the housing market as extensively as it does now.

LeMieux leaves Florida Senate race

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 20 (UPI) -- George LeMieux announced in a video to supporters Wednesday he has dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in Florida.
Gingrich pulls Romney 'anti-immigrant' ad

Gingrich pulls Romney 'anti-immigrant' ad

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has stopped airing a radio ad that claimed rival Mitt Romney was against immigrants, the Gingrich campaign said.
Former U.S. Sen. Martinez now a lobbyist

Former U.S. Sen. Martinez now a lobbyist

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., is the most recent lawmaker to resign and seek a new career in the world of lobbying, a lobbyist says.
LeMieux to replace Martinez in U.S. Senate

LeMieux to replace Martinez in U.S. Senate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Friday U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., will be replaced by former Crist adviser George LeMieux.

Crist in unique position as Martinez quits

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., says he's quitting Congress as soon as Florida Gov. Charlie Crist can appoint someone to replace him.
Sources: Martinez to leave U.S. Senate

Sources: Martinez to leave U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez will step down from his Florida Senate seat following an upcoming congressional recess, senior Republican sources said Friday.
Brown announces Florida Senate run

Brown announces Florida Senate run

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., says she is joining the race to succeed the retiring Mel Martinez as a U.S. senator from the state in 2010.
Florida Gov. Crist may run for Senate

Florida Gov. Crist may run for Senate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is contemplating a U.S. Senate run, sources tell The Washington Post.

Rep. Meek announces Fla. Senate bid

MIAMI, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Fla., says he is running for the Florida U.S. Senate seat that will become open in 2010.
Jeb Bush said mulling U.S. Senate run

Jeb Bush said mulling U.S. Senate run

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Republican political strategists say former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is leaning toward running for the U.S. Senate in 2010.

Fines levied against McCollum campaign

MIAMI, June 24 (UPI) -- The 2004 U.S. Senate campaign of Florida Attorney Gen. Bill McCollum has paid a $50,000 fine for failing to report all spending in a Republican primary.

McCain predicted Fla. winner

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- John McCain was declared the winner of the Florida Republican presidential primary late Tuesday.

Martinez decides not to back McCain

MIAMI, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida has decided not to endorse Republican presidential hopeful Arizona Sen. John McCain.
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Mel Martinez
Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Mel Martinez addresses the delegates at the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sept. 2, 2004. (UPI Photo/Chris Corder)

Melquíades Rafael Martínez Ruiz, usually known as Mel Martinez (born October 23, 1946), is a former United States Senator from Florida and served as Chairman of the Republican Party from November 2006 until October 19, 2007, the first Latino to serve as chairman of a major party. Previously, Martínez served as the 12th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President George W. Bush. Martínez is a Cuban-American and Roman Catholic. He announced he was resigning as Chairman of the Republican National Committee on October 19, 2007. He is an honorary initiate of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity through the Eta Rho Chapter at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Martínez resigned his cabinet post on December 12, 2003, to run for the open U.S. Senate seat in Florida being vacated by retiring Democratic Senator Bob Graham. Martínez secured the Republican nomination and narrowly defeated the Democratic nominee, Betty Castor. His election made him the first Cuban-American to serve in the U.S. Senate. Furthermore, he and Ken Salazar (who is Mexican-American) were the first Hispanic U.S. Senators since 1977. They were joined by a third, Bob Menéndez (who is also Cuban-American) in January 2006, until Salazar resigned from the Senate on January 20, 2009, to become Secretary of the Interior. On December 2, 2008, Martinez announced he would not be running for re-election to the Senate in 2010.

On August 7, 2009, CNN and the Orlando Sentinel reported that Martinez would be resigning from his Senate seat. Later that month, Governor Crist announced that he would appoint George LeMieux as the successor to Martínez for the remaining year and a half of the Senate term.

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